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While there is no definite proof that Niki Lauda was ever genuinely interested in signing for Ligier in 1977, the fact that he did test for them is pretty certain, given this rare picture.

At the time, Lauda was in his last season with Ferrari and reportedly in deep discussion with Bernie Ecclestone for a move to Brabham. As things turned out, he did drive for them the following year.

However, Lauda did test Ligier’s JS7 at Zandvoort at the end of the season. One may argue that it was only to annoy Ecclestone before entering serious negotiations…

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